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McDonald Observatory at nightHave a memorable Memorial Day weekend in sky island locations near Fort Davis, Alpine and Marfa, Texas, elevations 4,400' to 6,800'. Meet our chartered bus (not a sleeper bus) Friday morning in Dallas to cruise to Fort Davis. We've reserved campsites at Fort Davis State Park and cabins and "camp rooms" at Stone Village Tourist Camp, a renovated 1935 tourist court in Fort Davis town for a three-night stay. We'll take in a night Sky Party at the McDonald Observatory, a guided hike at the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute, the Museum of the Big Bend, an afternoon to explore Marfa, an evening to view the mysterious Marfa Lights, a morning hike on the palisades above historic Fort Davis and a couple hours by the huge desert spring at Balmorhea State Park. All this happens before Monday night when you return to Dallas! For complete trip details and sign-up forms, please download this PDF. Coordinator: Annie Wilson Send Email 682-232-4980

Service Outing IconJun 11 (Sat) White Rock Lake Clean-up

Walk and talk while picking up trash and recyclables at the Sierra Club's adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Meet at 8:15 AM this second Saturday of the month at the Love of the Lake office, northeast corner of Garland Road and Buckner Boulevard.  Look for the crowd drinking free juice and coffee.  Gloves, trash bags, etc. will be provided. Our area includes one of the wonderful prairie restoration areas, so there are always birds and wildflowers to enjoy.  Brunch afterwards.  Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Carol Nash Send Email 214-455-2115

Class IconJun 11-12 (Sat-Sun) Outdoor Leader Training 201

OLT 201 is an overnight outing at Dinosaur Valley State Park for prospective outings leaders who will eventually lead backpacking trips and who have completed OLT 101.  Participants will receive instructions for when and where to arrive Saturday. The outing will adjourn to lunch on Sunday. Training sessions include a hike to demonstrate issues of group management in outdoor situations.    Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Meeting IconJun 15 (Wed) No Outings Committee Meeting

We're skipping the regular third Wednesday Outings Committee meeting tonight.  Next meeting is Wednesday, July 20.   Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Service Outing IconJun 18 (Sat) Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve

Come to the hilly terrain of Cedar Ridge Preserve to help maintain one of the better trail networks in Dallas.  The Sierra Club is responsible for the Possum Haw Trail.  We work here on third Saturdays of almost every month, starting at 8 AM, working until approximately 11:00.  The Preserve's address is 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas.  For directions and general information about Cedar Ridge Preserve, click this link.   If you need more information or want to carpool, call or email me. Contact: Ginger Bradley Send Email 469-223-7902

Canoe IconJul 9-10 (Sat-Sun) Brazos River Canoe and Kayak Trip

Join us on the Brazos River for a weekend of paddling 19.5 miles on a Texas Scenic River. We'll start Saturday at 9 A.M. at Rochelle’s Canoe Rental, Graford, Texas. Our flotilla will put in below Possum Kingdom Dam and finish in the early afternoon of the next day, a perfect weekend trip. We'll camp one night on an island about halfway to the finish. The trip is rated moderate as one or two category 1 rapids are on our reach of the river. Hear coyotes at night and see hawks and longhorn cattle during the day. Rochelle’s rents canoes and operates a shuttle to the trip start. See Rochelle's website at This trip was originally scheduled for June 4-5, but it's been rescheduled due to high rainfall and high water on the river. To participate, contact outings leader Terry Sullivan . Trip capacity is limited, so call Terry early. Leader: Terry Sullivan Send Email 214-533-9899

Meeting IconJul 20 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting

The Outings Committee meets tonight at 6:30 at Whole Foods Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane, Dallas, upstairs. At these monthly meetings, outings leaders review lessons learned from recent outings and plan future outings.  Anyone interested in outings is invited. Reply to Mark to be added to the advance agenda email list or to suggest an agenda item.   Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Backpack IconJul 25-28 (Mon-Thu) Backpack in the Collegiate Peaks region, Colorado THIS TRIP IS FULL, with 24 participants. Call for wait list info.

view from Cottonwood PassBackpack four days and three-nights in central Colorado, near Buena Vista. Allow two days on each end of the outing to drive from Dallas or a day to fly to Denver and drive. We'll hike from trailheads along the Cottonwood Pass Road. Hike routes are about 20 miles, with your choice of a western trip to Hartenstein Lake, Brown's Pass and the Texas Lakes, or an eastern trip to Hartenstein Lake, Brown's Pass and Kroenke Lake. Hikes start around 10,000' and reach 12,000+' on the Continental Divide. Participants may opt to camp together the night before this outing and share large cabins at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort on the exit day, but these arrangements are optional. Previous backpacking experience is required, preferably at altitude. There is no fee for the outing, but a deposit to hold a place is required . Trip details and sign-up information is in this PDF document. Coordinator: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Class IconAug 13 (Sat) Backpacking 101 Class

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Want to be adventuresome and explore amazing backcountry areas? Come to this popular, interactive class designed for never-ever backpackers and people who want to refresh backpacking knowledge and skills. Dallas Sierra Club trip leaders with decades of backpacking experiences will present a comprehensive overview of backpacking topics, including packs, boots, tents, sleeping bags, food and cooking, clothes, wilderness ethics, sanitation and more. We'll include tips we wish someone had told us sooner to make backpacking more comfortable and less expensive.  

     Place:  Whole Foods Market, southeast quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane, Dallas, upstairs meeting room.  

     Time: The class begins at 10 AM and lasts until 4 PM, with a break for lunch. Please arrive early to sign in and get settled.  Buy lunch at the grocery and eat in the classroom.

     Price: $35 for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members.  Online pre-registration (by Aug 12) using a credit card is encouraged and appreciated (click here) or pay by cash or check at the door.

If you already have some gear and questions about using, packing or replacing it, bring it with you and we'll do our best to resolve your questions.   Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Bus Trip IconSep 2-6 (Fri-Tue) Santa Fe Peaks and Foothills, New Mexico

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Enjoy three late summer days of backpacking or day hiking--your choice--near Santa Fe this Labor Day weekend. Board our chartered sleeper bus in Dallas Friday night. Wake to breakfast at a local cafe in Santa Fe. Two backpacking itineraries will hike three days and tent two nights in the mountains. Two other itineraries will hike three days and sleep two nights in cabins. Arrive back in Dallas Tuesday at daybreak. The four trip options will cater to a range of experience and difficulty levels. Each trek will experience hiking at a range of altitudes. For the full trip details and registration forms please click here.  Coordinator: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733


Some walks in the woods are easy, but journeys of all lengths can turn from amazing to catastrophic if you can't find your way. Learn the fundamentals of navigating your way in the wilderness in this fun and comprehensive two-night class. Among the subjects covered are: looking for and purchasing different type maps, how to read maps, how not to get lost, map use if you do get lost, different kinds of compasses and how to use your compass. navigating with map and compassThere will be some discussion about GPS, but our main focus is learning how to use a map and compass so you're not trusting your navigation (and life) to something that takes batteries. If you have a compass, bring it. If not, we'll have extras you can use and will show you what to look for when you purchase your own. The class will be held in the upstairs meeting room at Whole Foods Market, southeast quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane in Dallas. This two-night class (second night Thursday, September 29) will begin at 6:30 PM and finish about 8:45 PM. The class fee is $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Cost covers both nights and handout materials. We encourage online signups by the Monday before the class (click here) or you can pay with cash or check at the door. A half-day hike the following Saturday or Sunday with a class instructor will be offered to class participants who want to practice their new skills. Contact: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Class IconSep 29 (Thu) Wilderness Navigation Class - Part 2

Join us for this second night of our two-part class that begins Wed., Sep. 28. Both sessions are at Whole Foods Market, Preston Road at Forest Lane. See above for details (Sep. 28).  Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Car Camp IconOct 14-16 (Fri-Sun) Beavers Bend State Park, Oklahoma

Beavers Bend State ParkSAVE THESE 2016 DATES so you can join us for this relaxing weekend of fall beauty in scenic southeastern Oklahoma. We have an entire group compound reserved, complete with your choice of rustic cabin or tent camping, bathhouse and dining hall with kitchen. We'll offer Saturday hike options ranging from a one-mile nature trail to a 7-mile roller-coaster trail up and down and over the skyline ridges. The park offers many family-friendly activities you can enjoy. We'll offer a Saturday night catered dinner option. More trip details and price and reservation information will be available in July 2016. Trip rated: Kid Friendly. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Backpack IconOct 22-23 (Sat-Sun) Beginner Backpacking Trip to the Caney Creek Wilderness

This is one of the Dallas Sierra Club's favorite local backpacking trips.  Come and join us to practice what you've learned in the backpacking class.  We'll hike about 4 1/2 miles one way and camp near a waterfall.   We will be hiking along a shallow stream, and go across it a couple of times.  There will also be a few small hills to climb.  After setting up camp and resting, we'll do a short day hike as time permits. This is a relatively easy backpack outing, suitable for beginners.  Priority sign-ups will be given to those who have taken the August 13, 2016 backpacking class.  Please contact the leader to sign up. Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Marcos Jorge Send Email 214-682-6555

Bus Trip IconOct 27-31 (Thu-Mon) Backpack at Buffalo National River, Arkansas

Last year’s October trip to the Buffalo River in northern Arkansas was so much fun that we’re returning for more of this beautiful valley, its towering bluffs, deep hollows and riverside trails. We’ll leave Dallas on a sleeper bus around 10:00 Thursday night, eat breakfast Friday in Huntsville, Arkansas and unload at trailheads Friday morning.  That gives three full days for backpacking before late Sunday pick-ups and dinner in Jasper, Arkansas. We’ll bring you home to Dallas before sunrise on Monday, Halloween. (You can trick-or-treat at home on Oct. 31.) 

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We plan four trip itinerary options, with average daily hike distances from four to nine miles. Late October is an ideal weekend to plan on fall color in the Buffalo valley. It’s also a great month for backpacking because it's dry season and the Buffalo River trails network crosses the Buffalo at many fords where removing boots isn’t usually necessary in the fall. Anticipate trip details here in June or July.   Coordinator: Bill Beach Send Email 214-662-3224

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